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Windows 8 x64 only?

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    Windows 8 x64 only?


    i've read strong rumors to suggest Windows 8 is gonna solely be a 64bit OS, what's all you's opinions on this?

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    United States
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    Windows 7 Pro. x64


    Quote Originally Posted by matt0978 View Post
    i've read strong rumors to suggest Windows 8 is gonna solely be a 64bit OS, what's all you's opinions on this?
    There were rumors that Windows 7 was going to be x64 only. I do not think it will be x64-only.
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    There are still a lot of machines out there that won't run a 64-bit OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkNovaGundam View Post
    There were rumors that Windows 7 was going to be x64 only. I do not think it will be x64-only.
    +1 it wouldnt make sence making a only 64-bit OS, when there still is a lot of computers using 32-bit.
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    Long Island, NY
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    Windows Vista-Windows 7-8


    i thought microsoft said they were going to make windows 7 the last 32 bit operating system.
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    Massachusetts
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    Windows 7 Professional, Windows Vista Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.04


    No, I can't imagine it'll be x64 only. As previously stated there's just too many x64 incapable machines out there.
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    I would think Windows 8 would be 64bit only. MS can only hold people's hands for so long and we are looking at another 3 years until 8 comes out. Seeing as 64bit has been in the consumer market for nearly 8 years, i say in another 3 everyone will have a CPU capable of running 64bit. If not, then I highly doubt any of their components will be able to run Windows 8.
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    Canada
    Posts : 92
    Windows 7 Home Premium FR x64


    Yeah, that's what I think too. There will still be 32-bit as long as the majority of computers in the house or companies aren't strong enough to hold 64-bits.
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    I think and hope it will be x64 only. They've already gone that route on Windows Server and several of their server products.

    Think back to 8-bit versus 16-bit (well this argument is still going on for embedded devices). It has to be done sometime, the sooner the better in terms of advancement.
    Last edited by mikinho; 23 Jul 2009 at 17:36.
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    3rd Rock
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1


    In retrospect, it very well may be.

    Server 2008 R2 is x64 only. From http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv.../en/us/R2.aspx
    Windows Server 2008 R2 is the first Windows operating system to be offered for only 64-bit processors. And Windows Server 2008 R2 can now support up to 256 logical processor cores for a single operating system instance, including enhancements in Hyper-V virtual machines which are able to address up to 32 logical cores in a single VM. These improvements not only guarantee more bang for your server hardware buck, but also offer better reliability with fewer locks and greater parallelism.
    Thus, I can easily foresee the desktop OS going 64bit only.

    After all, M$ dropped 16 bit support last year, didn't they
    Last edited by johngalt; 25 Jul 2009 at 10:45. Reason: Changed 32bit to 64bit - Thanks Matt!
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